PORTO & DOURO VALLEY

Rich green fertile plains, pretty towns and a unique charm all of its own make Portugal a wonderful place to visit, especially at this popular time of year when the climate is perfect. The harsh heat and fast pace of summer has mellowed into a glorious warm and relaxed season. During our tour we will enjoy a seven hour cruise along the spectacular Douro River – an altogether more peaceful and relaxed way of experiencing the breathtaking beauty of one of Europe’s most unspoiled waterways.

The four star Axis Vermar Hotel, Povoa de Varzim enjoys a lovely seafront location with easy access to the beach. All rooms have bright decor, air conditioning, TV and hairdryer. The hotel has good facilities including outdoor pool, bar, dance floor, lift and regular entertainment.

Itinerary

Tuesday We make our way to Portsmouth where we board the Brittany Ferries flag ship the Pont Aven for our overnight sailing. Accommodation will be inside lower berth. Dinner is not included this evening and we would suggest that you eat on board.

Wednesday During the day you will be able to enjoy the cruise crossing and the facilities onboard including restaurants, bars, entertainment and pool. The ferry will dock in Santander early in the evening and we will make our way to our overnight hotel in Palencia for a late dinner.

Thursday We leave our hotel and drive across Northern Spain and into Portugal arriving in Povoa de Varzim with plenty of time to settle in and relax before dinner.

Friday Today we leave our hotel and join a boat that will take us on a beautifully scenic seven hour Douro Valley river cruise. Breakfast, lunch and a drink will be served on board. The panoramic views over the vineyard terraces are spectacular. On arrival in Regua we have time to look around this lovely town before we meet our coach and return to Porto.

Saturday Our day will be at leisure to discover our surroundings. Visit the brightly coloured fisherman’s quarter and see the centuries old skill of net mending by local womenfolk, stroll long the 19th century shopping street or spend time on the long sandy beaches.

Sunday Our coach will take us into the most atmospheric town in North Portugal, Guimaraes. Once the capital of Portugal this inland town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there is plenty to see as you take a stroll through its lovely historic centre. We return to our hotel in the afternoon.

Monday Today we go to the historic town of Porto where we are joined by a guide who brings this special city to life. We explore by coach and on foot and see the wonderful buildings, atmospheric squares and pretty fountains. Later in the day we cross the river and visit a Port wine estate and learn the process of production before tasting the delicious wares.

Tuesday We say goodbye to The Axis Vermar Hotel and begin our journey back into Spain. We will sit back, enjoy the scenery and break for lunch en route before returning once more to the Europa Centro Hotel.

Wednesday After a leisurely breakfast we will travel the short distance to Palencia centre. The city is very historical and has many monumental sites.  In the afternoon we travel on to Santander where there will be free time to enjoy the centre of the city or the Sardinero beach area. We will then board the Pont Aven ferry in the afternoon. An onboard restaurant is available for evening dining.

Thursday We will cruise back to the UK and arrive in Plymouth during the afternoon and make the short journey home.

Term

Single rooms (double for sole occupancy) are available at a supplement of £135 per person

Meals on the ferry are not included

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR

All rooms at Europa Centro have twin beds

£100 non-refundable deposit

Balance due 6 weeks prior to travel

Tour subject to loading

Total Price Includes:

Premier Class coach travel

Free optional travel insurance

2 Nights on ferry including lower berth inside cabin

7 Nights dinner, bed and breakfast

Porterage at main hotel

Welcome drink on arrival at main hotel

¼ Litre of wine with dinner

Entertainment on 2 nights

Excursions as detailed

Douro River cruise with refreshments and lunch

Guided tour of Porto

Visit to Port Wine estate with tasting

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall

Tuesday 9th to

Thursday 18th October 2018

10 Day Tour

£925

For more details

please phone

01209 717152